Have you ever considered exercise to be a form of worship?
If you think of how you are worshiping the Lord while you are working out it will bless you in more ways than one.
Do you dread exercise? It is not as natural for some people as it is for others. But if you change the way you look at exercise then you can change you attitude, mindset, and the entire outlook of working out.
Exercise is not all about getting fit, getting sweaty, your body, or even getting out your aggression and letting go of stress. The Lord desires to be the focus of everything in your life and that means all areas of your life. You can worship the Lord in everything you do if you allow the Lord to be a part of it.
The verse Romans 12:2 really speaks to me.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect “
I remind myself that my body is a gift from the Lord. It is a gift that I am able to move the way I can. It is a gift that I have functioning arms, legs, hands, and feet. I enjoy the fact that I can breath a deep breath of air and not feel pain or worry about pollutants like in some places around the world.
The body that God created is amazing. Every detail is so specific and he made it all work together perfectly.
When I workout I love to listen to praise music. I like to sing and praise the Lord. I like to think about how blessed I am. I find it very uplifting and it can change your mood and ease your mind if you are in a tough spot in life. I use this time to pray and talk to the Lord. If you do not have a workout partner then think again. God is your workout partner. He is there cheering you on to run that extra step or to the next mailbox (lol my husband does this for me when we run together) and God is doing it in every step you take. I take this time to also listen. I listen for what the Lord may be trying to tell me. If we are to busy talking and thinking then we may miss out on what the Lord is trying to tell us. I tend to leave my workouts feeling better in so many ways. I am filled with the spirit, healthier, and renewed.
Let the Lord guide you in the exercise that is right for your body. Not everyone is meant to run a marathon just like not everyone is meant to do yoga. We each have to do what is right for us. If He leads us then it will be the right exercise for us! Trust in the Lord to help, support, and guide you each day.